Posted:  Feb. 17, 2015

Falling for a Santini by Melissa SchroederA crush that turned into love.

Being the only girl in a family with five Santini brothers was never easy on Elena Santini. She always tried to be faster and smarter to make sure they always took her seriously. They were always trying to tell her what to do, and worse, who she could date. That’s why falling for her oldest brother’s best friend wasn’t smart especially when he treats her like a sister. That is, until she gets him alone in her apartment one night.

One night in Heaven. 

NCIS agent Jethro Thomas, known to everyone as JT, has always played it smart. When his admiration turned to attraction a few years ago, he started avoiding Elena. A guy wasn’t supposed to have those kinds of thoughts about his best friend’s little sister. After returning from an undercover assignment, and about to go on another one, he can’t seem to resist the temptation. One night with her and he knows he’s lost, but he has a job to do.

A changed man.

JT returns from the assignment with a few more scars, both physical and emotional–but he survived for one reason. He’s ready to start a new life with Elena, but a dark cloud hangs over the new love. When small incidents evolve into near death accidents, JT realizes someone from his past is ready to destroy his happiness, even harm Elena to make him pay.

     What do you do when you are the only girl in a family with 3 older brothers, one twin brother and a younger brother?  As if that alone isn’t bad enough add that 1.) They are all Alpha Male Marines.  2.) They all think they have a say in her love life (or lack of one.)  3.) That she is in love with her eldest brother’s best friend since she was a tweeny.  Yeah, I know it’s the last one that breaks the “Bro Code” (NOT TO DATE YOUR BEST FRIENDS LITTLE SISTER EVER!!!)  That gets her into trouble.  I’m sure that is if her plan to seduce NCIS agent Jethro Francis Thomas (JT to his her family, friends, and co-workers.) 
     You see to Elena Santini’s family JT was the sixth brother and to her parents their sixth son.  You see JT’s dad was military too.  The difference was unlike Elena’s father he was an alcoholic and an abuser.  To the point on JT’s 18th birthday when JT told his dad he was moving out his dad beat him with a 2x4 so bad it put JT into the hospital. 
     Watch as these two maneuver through their new relationship as adults out in the real world.  Once Elena makes her move and JT breaks by letting his guard down they realize it was magic.  Yet, duty calls for JT so they can’t really look beyond one night.  When he returns from undercover work Elena is so overwhelmed to know that JT wants to really see where they can go from that one night they had.  She is relieved to know that he really felt the way she did all along.  They press through the dynamics called family and friendships to see just how deep love and bonds go.
     I totally enjoyed this story of Elena and JT.  Elena is a spit fire for sure and I like how JT love her yet felt real loyalty to her brother.  Never taking her or them for granted.  I give this 5 stars.  Provided by Net Galley.
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